Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
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97 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews
This is a great early-season or mid-season hiking boot.
So far, so good.
Ultimately the boots were great.
The Irox GTX Mid is a very capable trekking boot, providing solid support and ample protection from rough trails.
Updates to Lowa Irox GTX Mid
- Lowa created the Irox GTX Mid to offer a balance between comfort and flexibility. The brand’s Elika outsole helps tackle a variety of terrain.
- Protecting the foot from trail debris is a synthetic upper with toe and heel reinforcements. It is lined with a Gore-Tex laminate which renders all-day comfort.
- The dual-density DuraPU and Climate Control footbed grant a cozy ride. It works with a medium stabilizer for support.
Lowa Irox GTX Mid size and fit
A men’s backpacking boot, the Lowa Irox GTX Mid comes in regular sizes and medium width. It fairly runs true to size. The traditional front closure allows fit customization and its ankle lace hook enables easier flex.
The Elika outsole makes the Lowa Irox GTX Mid able to grip on most terrain. Its multi-directional lugs increase ground contact. Also, it has a pronounced heel edge which optimizes traction on descents. It can be resoled (the sole can be replaced), for a cost.
The Lowa Irox GTX Mid uses a dual density DuraPU. It offers a shock absorbent and comfortable underfoot cushioning. It works with the Climate Control footbed which has a breathable top layer and helps reduce fatigue on long hikes. A full-length medium stabilizer is added to optimize support.
This mid-cut backpacking boot has a full synthetic upper with TPU toe and heel caps. This design, crafted with minimal seams, renders a protective, flexible and durable upper. The Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate lines the inside to maximize breathability and waterproofing. Its padded tongue and collar add comfort. The combination eyelets allow for a more straightforward closure.